The Braves have had a sort of carousel in their starting rotation this season with pitchers going down to injury, another being traded, and the sudden resurrection of Ben Sheets. They are about to get ace Tommy Hanson back and his return will give them a sort of overflow at the position. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the team plans to roll with a six-man rotation moving forward.
Tomorrow will likely be Hanson's only rehab start.Sounds unlikely Braves will go to a 6-man rotation when he returns Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 11, 2012
The Braves have been winning games lately but still trail the Nationals by 4.5 games in the N.L. East because Washington has been even hotter. It seems they will try and sort out their rotation over the next few weeks to determine their best five guys for the September pennant race.
Hanson himself has had an underwhelming 2012 campaign with a 4.29 ERA, the worst of his career. Last season he posted a 3.60 clip in 130.0 innings, but this year marks the fourth consecutive season his ERA has been raised.
Despite his struggles this year, Hanson should have a spot reserved for him as the Braves will likely be looking at how young pitchers Mike Minor and Kris Medlen, as well as veteran Jair Jurjjens, pitch in determining who becomes the odd-man out.
The Nationals will be making changes with their starters in a few weeks with the shutdown of Stephen Strasburg, lefty John Lannan will likely take his place. It will be interesting to see how the two rotations shake out as they go head-to-head in the standings down the stretch.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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